Pet Care Blog

By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 1:16 PM
Summer!, It is well and truly here! After the last couple days of extreme heat, we will soon be wishing for Winter. We all love Summer and no doubt are pet’s do too! With the long summer days and balmy nights we are often out and about with our pets, more than other times during the year. Trips to the river or beach are the most fun! But with the heat comes the “common” but serious Summer hazards which you need to be mindful of when it comes to our furry companions. Before the heat well and truly hits we wanted to get in first with some clear summer hazards you need to watch out for:

 

Heat Stroke:

It can be easy for our frisky companions to overdo it in the heat. Unlike us, our pets cannot sweat over their full bodies; they can only produce a tiny amount of sweat through there little toepads. Therefore they rely on panting to get rid of the hot air. This is why they are extremely susceptible to heat exhaustion, also known as heat stroke.  Heat stroke is extremely dangerous to our pets...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 4 January 2018 3:44 PM
Spring and summer, with the warm, dry weather may lead to your dog getting an ear infection, maybe from a grass seed, skin allergy or after going for a cooling swim. Dogs often do not enjoy having their ears examined or ear drops applied, which can make treatment for ear infections very difficult. It is important to train your dog to allow handling of his/her ears. Ideally, when the ears are healthy so he/she learns that it is not a painful procedure.

It is best to incorporate checking and gentle cleaning your dog’s ears in your grooming routine. Use food or toys as rewards to both distract your pet and to make positive associations with ear handling

1.    Offer your dog a food treat with one hand and reach out towards one ear with your other hand, while your dog is focused on the treat. Repeat this exercise several times until your dog shows no concern (flinching or avoiding when you attempt to touch his/her ear) on several consecutive occasions. Repeat with the other ear. 2.    Now offer your...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 1:16 PM
November - Vaccination

Going to the vet for your pet’s annual vaccination can often be a difficult and anxiety provoked experience for both you and your pet. Do you have this issue yearly and wish it was easier and more enjoyable? Read on to find ways to help reduce the stress of the experience for your pet and in turn make it easier for you.

Your pet may become stressed visiting the veterinary clinic as they are in an unfamiliar environment, cannot control or predict what will happen to them and may be in pain. These bad experiences then often make the next visit even more difficult.

Signs that your dog is anxious may be more subtle than you realise.  Cowering, leaning away, holding head and tail low, tense body, trembling and looking away may be some obvious signs. However, you may miss the more subtle signs of lip licking, yawning, panting, salivating, sniffing and acting sleepy or distracted. Cats show fear through a tense body, lowered head and leaning backward, flat ears, twitching...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:42 PM
Christmas is almost here… before we know it, we will be rushing around doing last minute Christmas present shopping, getting food organised for the good ol’ aussie Christmas banquet and packing our bags for our much awaited Christmas holiday.  Sigh.. I can feel the stress just writing about it!... We all know Christmas is a TREMENDOUSLY busy time and often things are missed. Have you thought about your four-legged friends?  Are they coming along to enjoy the Christmas holiday or will they be spending their Christmas trip in a doggy and kitty hotel aka. Boarding kennel/cattery?? 

Did you realise most boarding kennels require cats and dogs to be vaccinated prior to boarding?  Vaccinations are extremely important when it comes to boarding our furry family members to ensure your own four-legged friends safe as well as their fellow boarders. Nonetheless, boarding is not the only reason we should make sure are four-legged friends are vaccinated!

Why vaccinate? 

Vaccinations are one of the...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:18 AM
Although a nice relief from the cold winter weather, spring for our pets often brings with it a side effect of allergies, and annoying insects and parasites. Whether it is a parasite, pain or skin condition, there are many reasons for your dog to scratch or chew itself. Before referring to ‘Dr Google’ and misdiagnosing your dog’s health problem, it is best to seek medical advice from your Veterinary team.

Unfortunately, there is not always an underlying medical reason causing your dog to scratch and chew itself.  Dogs can and do suffer from obsessive compulsive behavioural problems, and this may lead to them scratching and licking to excess. However, more commonly and similar to people biting their nails or twirling their hair, your dog’s constant scratching and licking can be a sign of anxiety. This may be due to fear, stress or a lack of physical and mental stimulation.

What ever the reason for the anxiety, your dog’s constant scratching, licking or chewing behaviours can cause severe damage...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 31 August 2017 9:08 AM
                                                         

Its spring…YAY ! The dreaded cold weather is almost over! The sun is shining,  the flowers are blooming and the grass is growing high!. But you know what that means………the dreaded pollen and dust that will be floating in the air! Can you feel your hay fever coming along? Are you reaching for the Zyrtec? Did you know just like us dogs and cats can have allergies to spring? Well… not all of spring! Warmer spring days tempt us humans to spend time outside enjoying the sunshine and often taking our dogs too, who absolutely love rolling, and frolicking in the long grass and sniffing the flowers that a hundred other dogs have sniffed before.  But….Just like us, our pets can develop environmental allergies....
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 1 August 2017 9:45 AM
Do you have a pet at home whose pearly whites are not as pearly and white as they should be? Or whose breath is a just a tad stinky or a whole lot stinky?  They could be suffering from a well hidden disease…. dental disease!

Don’t worry if you do, you are not alone. Dental disease is one of the most common problems we see here at the clinic with close to 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats having some degree of dental disease by the young age of 2! We are going to let you know the in’s and out’s of dental disease so you can help to keep your pet smiling…. So keep reading!

                                                          

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 28 July 2017 9:33 AM

Have you ever tried brushing your pet’s teeth? It definitely is a difficult task when your pet dislikes the experience. Luckily there are plenty of alternative ways to keep your dogs teeth clean, that does not involve distressing your pet. Please speak to our Veterinary Nurses to discuss options that would best suit you and your pet.

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 11 July 2017 1:28 PM
Meet Willis, our culprit of this month’s clinic blog!



Willis is an extremely inquisitive, exceptionally mischievous and a rather handsome young 2 year old Bull Terrier. Just look how innocent he looks in his picture…... However this is far from the truth!

This month we have been talking about bellies! We have spoken about Pancreatitis, GDV, dangerous foods and in particular gastrointestinal obstructions. Gastrointestinal obstructions are not uncommon. Our pets love to eat things they shouldn't and sometimes these things get stuck and cause them to become unwell. Dogs are particularly susceptible as they love to scavenge but cats may also ingest objects such as string or plastic wrapping. This is where Willis comes in! When we think of gastrointestinal obstruction, Willis definitely comes to mind and for good reason!

 Willis’s story:

Well…Although Willis has...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 4 July 2017 4:00 PM
 

Worried it might change your dogs behaviour or personality?.....

 

Are you struggling to make the choice about having your Desexed? It is a big decision, especially with all the talk about how it may change your dog’s behaviour or personality. I wanted to iron out some myths and help make the decision easier for you.

Firstly, there is no scientific evidence that the desexing surgery is linked to changing a dog’s personality. The only changes in your dog’s behaviour that you may witness after having him/her desexed is a calmer pet due to the reduced hormone drive. The instinct to mate and reproduce is intense in undesexed dogs, and can lead to all sorts of restless, frantic and even aggressive behaviours, whether escaping from your backyard, partaking in physical fights with other dogs or marking with urine. Your pet may behave in a much calmer manner after being desexed, not because his/her personality is suddenly transformed, but because his/her mind isn't constantly being...

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